Kigali International Airport formerly known as Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, but sometimes referred to as Kanombe International Airport, is the primary airport serving Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. It is the main air gateway for all destinations in the country, and in addition serves as a transit airport for Goma and Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Facility at Airport
There are three terminals at Kigali. The main two storey terminal was built to replace the single storey building, now housing the VIP terminal. The main terminal can handle 6 small to mid-size aircraft, but it can also handle up to a Boeing 747 jet. The south side of the runway has two helicopter pads with access to the main runway. The pads are used for military helicopters. A cargo terminal is also located at the airport. The latest upgrades to the tarmac and support systems were made in 2002. There is free WiFi in the airport waiting area
The airport is very simple to navigate within...it's clean...security and customs staff are polite...departures area has a small lounge with Tv...sound is a bit loud, but not really an issue...there is a small shop to purchase duty free...bathroom facilities are available and have always been clean and generally functioning...upon arrivals, fill out the 'entry' card...have 60 U.S. available to pay for your visa...that's if you are arriving from a country that requires a visa for entry into Rwanda...my arrivals and departures have all been on time or within 15 min of scheduled timings...even the one before Christmas 2010 from Amsterdam....there is a small vip lounge...basically, from my experiences to date, it's a decent facility...just be patient and relax...
Facilities include currency exchange facilities, cafeterias, duty free shopping, travel agency and a tourist help desk. Facilities for the disabled are available.
Crime levels are relatively low in Rwanda, although tourists should be alert to bag snatching and incidents of petty theft. Travel to the border areas with Burundi and the DRC is not advised; trips to see the gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park should only be undertaken as part of a guided trek. Rwanda is considered a low threat for terrorism, however there are reports of random grenade attacks as recently as March 2012 and travellers should be vigilant at bus stops and other public areas. The roads in major towns are good, however travel after dark is not advisable; landslides are common during the rainy season.
Kigali International Airport
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